Veterans Day: Take time to thank a veteran

Carleton Birch
Veterans Day parade

“I thank my God every time I remember you.” (Phil. 1:3)

This week, in honor of Veterans Day, my Boy Scout son served meals to over 100 veterans at the local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter. His high school flew more than 50 national flags in front of the school in honor of our nation’s veterans. Local restaurants and businesses offered discounts. However, some military veterans still go unnoticed.

Converge has 52 chaplains serving in all branches of the armed forces. These pastors serve on the “front lines” of ministry, volunteering to go wherever our service members go and do whatever they do, except participate in combat. Their weapons are the Word of God and the strength he gives them to serve. Their families bear much, often not having a choice where to live or when to move. I am so thankful for them and proud of what they do for God’s kingdom. Pray for them to be able to continue in this most demanding of ministries.

The veterans around us may need more than thanks. The Veterans Administration estimates about 20 veterans a day die by suicide. Seventy percent of those have no Veterans Administration connection. Millions of veterans are not aware that there are many resources created specifically for them, like the Veterans Crisis Line (800-273-8255) and the National Resource Directory.

Their greatest resource may be your support. Get to know a veteran better. Make a difference in their lives — they have served to make a difference in yours.

Carleton Birch, Chaplain (Colonel) Retired, is Converge’s chaplain endorser. Learn more about Converge Chaplaincy.

    Point - September 2018

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